Disabled workers at Remploy factories under the threat of closure are due to be balloted for strike action shortly.
Officials at the T&G section of new union Unite yesterday granted the workers permission to carry out the ballot. The union is the second largest at Remploy after the GMB.
Under proposals announced last month Remploy, the government-funded company that provides employment for disabled people, would close 32 factories and merge 11 others with nearby sites – in total more than half of its 83 factories. Around 2, 300 disabled workers would be affected
A spokesperson for the T&G section of Unite branded the proposals as “an act of industrial sabotage” and said that the union would strongly support any industrial action by the Remploy workers.
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